'See something, say something' message from Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Published: Jan. 3, 2020 at 7:46 PM MST
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Iran has vowed to retaliate after a U.S. airstrike in Iraq killed Iran's top military general.

Reflecting concerns about retaliation, the United States said Friday that it was sending nearly 3,000 additional troops to the Middle East. The concern for safety in the United States was addressed by organizations and individuals across the country, including the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

"In reference to recent events in the Middle East, we have no known credible threats to Colorado," Director of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for Colorado Kevin Klein wrote on Twitter. "We are actively engaged with our federal intelligence partners and monitoring emerging threats. Please remain vigilant and if you #SeeSomethingSaySomething."

The "See Something, Say Something" campaign is simple. The Department of Homeland Security breaks down how to report suspicious activity pointing to the 5W's:


did you see?


did you see?


you saw it.


it occured.


it was suspicious.

The Department of Homeland Security says citizens should call local law enforcement when it comes to suspicious activity. If it is an emergency, call 911.


-Suspicious activity is any observed behavior that could indicate terrorism or terrorism-related crime. This includes, but is not limited to, unusual items or situations (i.e. a vehicle is parked in an odd location, a package/luggage is unattended, etc.); eliciting information (i.e. inquiries at a level beyond curiosity about a building’s purpose, operations, security procedures and/or personnel, shift changes, etc.); observation/surveillance (i.e. someone pays unusual attention to facilities or buildings beyond a casual or professional interest, etc.). The campaign has created an infographic that illustrates prominent indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime.

-If you see suspicious activity, report it to the nearest local law enforcement or a person of authority. Describe specifically what you observed, including who or what you saw; when you saw it; where it occurred; and why it's suspicious.

-If someone sees an official DHS campaign poster with a specific phone number on it, people should feel comfortable reporting suspicious activity using that number. That number likely goes to a local police department, state fusion center or 9-1-1.


The "If You See Something, Say Something®" campaign was originally implemented and trademarked by the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority and is licensed to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the purpose of creating a nationwide campaign.

In July 2010, DHS launched the campaign in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice's Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative (NSI), with the goal of training state and local law enforcement to recognize behaviors and indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime. The NSI standardizes how these observations are documented and analyzed. It ensures that reports are shared with the Federal Bureau of Investigation-led Joint Terrorism Task Forces for investigation and with state Fusion Centers for analysis. Only those reports documenting behavior that is reasonably indicative of terrorist activity will be shared with federal and state, local, tribal and territorial (SLTT) partners.